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The Yakima County jail. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic file)

YAKIMA — Four Yakima County jail inmates are facing second-degree assault charges after attacking a corrections officer last week.

The incident began Wednesday, May 8, when the corrections officer went to investigate why two inmates has switched cells without authorization. Inmate Pedro A. Solis sneaked up behind the corrections officer and began striking him with a closed fist, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The two began to grapple before three other inmates — Jose Arriaga, Primitivo Garcia and Hector Garcia-Ceja, also began attacking the corrections officer, the affidavit said.

Other corrections officers rushed to help. The corrections officer who was attacked suffered a fractured nose and rib. He was treated at a local hospital and released, the affidavit said.


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Garcia-Ceja is one of three men charged with first-degree murder in the death of Joe Albert Fuller on April 12 in Granger. He was arrested earlier this month following a high-speed chase from Everett to Edmonds on Interstate 5.

Solis is in custody on charges of murder in the 2017 shooting of Emilio Phelan. Arriaga is facing charges of robbery and second-degree assault. Garcia is facing charges of attempted murder and drive-by shooting.

Reach Phil Ferolito at pferolito@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: @philipferolito


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